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Monto cattle show and sale

Eliza Rogers, Thursday June 12, 2014 - 12:27 EST
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The Monto saleyards turned out a big yarding with strong buyer support. - ABC

Local vendors overcame a challenging season to put forward a good run of cattle at the annual Monto store cattle show and sale this week.

About 1,300 head of cattle were yarded and almost all sold, mostly to feedlot buyers, for a top price of $1.84 for feeder bullocks and steers.

Lighter, out of condition steers were down to $1.10, while feeder heifers attracted a good top of $1.55.

Brad McInally from Monto Cattle and Country says dry conditions have given people the jitters and made it hard to place cattle.

But local vendors offered their best stock, some pre-treated, for the annual show sale, which Mr McInally says represents the lead of the weaner cattle out of the North Burnett.

He says cattle have held on well despite dry conditions this year.

"They're [the cattle] holding condition well, so there's a bit of weight in them, which will hopefully get the dollars through for the vendors."

Monto cattle and lucerne farmer Jason Larsen has been feeding his cattle on oats and ryegrass and was happy with the prices he fetched at the sale.

His 34 feeder steers reached $1.67 and 12 heifers $1.55, a figure Jason was "over the moon" about.

Still, he says it could have been better.

"I'm not upset, but always you could expect more, but yeah, not too bad considering."

Pat Williams won best pen of steers with Santa Gertrudis cattle, and Lurline Graving took out the top heifer pen with her Brangus cattle.


- ABC

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